There were no distinguished discussions about which fork was to be used for the main course.
There were no books being balanced on heads.
Etiquette and manners were definitely not on the syllabus for Coach Matthew Mitchell and his Kentucky version of "finishing school" this past week.
Kentucky spent the past week preparing for the NCAA Tournament by focusing on fundamentals, specifically finishing around the rim.
"We're not in a shooting slump," Mitchell explained this week. "We were in a fundamental slump."
So the second-seeded Cats, who kick off their tournament run Saturday against McNeese State (26-7) in Ames, Iowa, spent the week fixating on finishing.
"We really tried to focus on how to protect the ball in the paint, how to get the ball in the basket, how to go up through contact," Mitchell said. "We spent a full week on that."
Watching video, he got tired of seeing UK players shoot off-balance shots, shy away from contact, and alter their shots when they got close to the rim.
"A lot of times, you start falling away and begging for calls and the officials aren't going to give it to you," he said.
The Cats (25-6) won the regular season in the Southeastern Conference, but fell to a bigger, more physical Louisiana State team in the semifinals of the tournament.
Some UK players theorized after the loss that the team had lost confidence offensively, that it was a mental thing.
It's not, Mitchell assured them last week. It's physical.
"I don't think we were totally void of confidence, but I do think around the rim we started fundamentally breaking down, and this week helped us gain more confidence," he said. "I'm hopeful that when you see us in the tournament, you're going to see a fundamentally sound team around the bucket."
If the three-point shots are taken out of the equation, UK hit just 32.1 percent from the field in its two SEC Tournament games.
In the regular season, Kentucky made 43.4 percent of its two-point tries.
UK post players, Samarie Walker, Azia Bishop and Brittany Henderson, went a combined 6-for-19 from the field in the SEC Tournament. Fellow forward Samantha Drake didn't attempt a shot.
But those players weren't the only culprits, Mitchell noted. The whole team had a lot of work to do in the paint this past week.
On Monday after the tournament selection show, the coach said he saw signs of his team turning the corner. A spirited practice had lifted his spirits.
"We had a real excitement about us and a pep in our step and we got back to some really up-tempo stuff and the kids enjoyed that," he said in his living room after the Cats earned their highest seed in the NCAA Tournament since 1982.
Mitchell wasn't the only one who saw a Kentucky with renewed vigor.
"Everybody's confidence is right and our team is looking good, which gives us a lot of confidence going into the tournament," senior Keyla Snowden said.
Walker, who made just two of her nine shots in the SEC Tournament, said she felt better leaving the Joe Craft Center on Monday as well.
"Our energy level was very high," she said. "We looked like a championship-level team."